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“I started cooking for Jeffrey when we were married 48 years ago,” writes culinary queen Ina Garten, “and it was preparing comforting, delicious meals for him that really became the basis for my career in food.”

Come and be inspired by the Barefoot Contessa’s approach for food made with love as she shares their favorite recipes and stories from their life together. She talks with superstar restaurateur Danny Meyer, Chief Executive Officer of Union Square Hospitality Group, the Founder of Shake Shack and the force behind the legendary Union Square Cafe, Blue Smoke, The Modern, Maialino, Marta, North End Grill, Porchlight and Untitled at the Whitney Museum.


This event is part of our Kitchen Arts & Letters series. In partnership with the esteemed culinary bookstore, we present talks, demos and tastings with leading cookbook authors, chefs, food historians and farmers. See the complete line-up here.

Brief Bios

In 1978, Ina Garten was working in the White House Office of Management and Budget but wanted to do something more creative. Two months later she found herself the owner of Barefoot Contessa, a small specialty food store in the Hamptons. Twenty years later, Barefoot Contessa had grown to a 3,000-square-foot food emporium with a staff of 20 cooks and bakers and 25 other employees. In 1996 Ms. Garten sold the store and began a new career as author of eleven cookbooks. Her first book was 1999’s The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, one of the bestselling cookbooks of the year, and her latest is this fall’s Cooking for Jeffrey. She has also been a columnist for Martha Stewart Living, O and House Beautiful magazines. In 2006, she launched a successful line of Barefoot Contessa Pantry products, comprised of baking mixes and sauces developed from recipes in her cookbooks.

Danny Meyer is the Chief Executive Officer of Union Square Hospitality Group ( and the founder of Shake Shack. Union Square Hospitality Group includes some of New York City’s most beloved restaurants — Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, Jazz Standard, The Modern, Maialino, Untitled, North End Grill, Marta and Porchlight — as well as the catering company Union Square Events and the consulting business Hospitality Quotient. Mr. Meyer, his restaurants and his chefs have collectively earned an unprecedented 28 James Beard Awards and numerous other accolades. He outlines his approach to business — called Enlightened Hospitality — in his first business book, Setting the Table, a New York Times bestseller. In 2015 Mr. Meyer was named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He also serves on the board of Share Our Strength and has long supported hunger relief initiatives, including City Harvest, God’s Love We Deliver and the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger.

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